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Golden Globes Preview

February 4, 2012

The 69th annual Golden Globe Awards are returning to the Beverly Hilton  from 5-8 p.m. Sunday. For those watching the ceremony from the safety of their couch—avoiding the snarling traffic the event is likely to cause—here is a look at this year’s nominations. Best Dramatic Motion Picture The Descendants The Help Hugo The Ides of March Moneyball War Horse Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama Glenn Close,  Albert Nobbs Viola Davis, The Help Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady Rooney Mara,  The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Tilda Swinton,  We Need to Talk About Kevin Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama George Clooney,  The Descendants Brad Pitt, Moneyball Leonardo DiCaprio,  J. Edgar Ryan Gosling,  The Ides of March Michael Fassbender, Shame Best Motion Picture Comedy/Musical 50/50 The Artist Bridesmaids Midnight in Paris My Week With Marilyn Best Actress in a Motion Picture Comedy/Musical Jodie Foster, Carnage Kate Winslet, Carnage Charlize Theron, Young Adult Kristen Wiig, Bridesmaids Michelle Williams,  My Week With Marilyn Best Actor in a Motion Picture Comedy/Musical Ryan Gosling,  Crazy, Stupid, Love Jean Dujardin, The Artist Brendan Gleeson, The Guard Joseph Gordon-Levitt, 50/50 Owen Wilson,  Midnight in Paris Best Animated Feature Film The Adventures of Tintin Arthur Christmas Cars 2 Puss in Boots Rango Best Foreign Language Film The Flowers of War , China In the Land of Blood and Honey , USA The Kid with a Bike , Belgium A Separation , Iran The Skin I Live In , Spain Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture Jessica Chastain, The Help Octavia Spencer, The Help Berenice Bejo, The Artist Janet McTeer, The Help Shailene Woodley,  The Descendants Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture Kenneth Branagh,  My Week With Marilyn Albert Brooks, Drive Jonah Hill, Moneyball Viggo Mortensen,  A Dangerous Method Christopher Plummer, Beginners Best Director of a Motion Picture Woody Allen,  Midnight in Paris George Clooney,  The Ides of March Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist Alexander Payne,  The Descendants Martin Scorsese, Hugo Best Screenplay of a Motion Picture Woody Allen,  Midnight in Paris George Clooney, Grant Heslov and Beau Willimon,  The Ides of March Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash,  The Descendants Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin, Moneyball Best Original Score of a Motion Picture Ludovic Bource, The Artist Abel Korzeniowski, W.E. Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross,  The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Howard Shore, Hugo John Williams, War Horse Best Original Song of a Motion Picture “The Living Proof” from  The Help (Music by: Mary J. Blige, Thomas Newman, Harvey Mason, Jr., Damon Thomas; Lyrics by: Mary J. Blige, Harvey Mason, Jr., Damon Thomas) “Lay Your Head Down” from  Albert Nobbs (Music by: Brian Byrne; Lyrics by: Glenn Close) “The Keeper” from  Machine Gun Preacher (Music & Lyrics by: Chris Cornell) “Masterpiece” from  W.E. (Music & Lyrics by: Madonna, Julie Frost, Jimmy Harry) “Hello Hello” from  Gnomeo & Juliet (Music by: Elton John; Lyrics by: Bernie Taupin)   Best Television Series, Drama American Horror Story (FX) Boardwalk Empire (HBO) Boss (Starz) Game of Thrones (HBO) Homeland (Showtime) Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series, Drama Claire Danes, Homeland   Mireille Enos, The Killing  Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife Madeleine Stowe, Revenge   Callie Thorne, Necessary Roughness Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series, Drama Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad Kelsey Grammer, Boss Jeremy Irons, The Borgias Damian Lewis, Homeland Best Television Series, Comedy/Musical Enlightened (HBO) Episodes (Showtime) Glee (Fox) Modern Family (ABC) New Girl (Fox) Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series, Comedy/Musical Laura Dern, Enlightened Zooey Deschanel, New Girl   Tina Fey, 30 Rock Laura Linney, The Big C   Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series, Comedy/Musical Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock David Duchovny, Californication Johnny Galecki, The Big Bang Theory   Thomas Jane, Hung Matt LeBlanc, Episodes Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture made for Television Cinema Verite (HBO) Downton Abbey (Masterpiece) (PBS) The Hour (BBC America) Mildred Pierce (HBO) Too Big to Fail (HBO) Best Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture made for Television Romola Garai, The Hour Diane Lane, Cinema Verite   Elizabeth McGovern, Downton Abbey (Masterpiece)   Emily Watson, Appropriate Adult   Kate Winslet, Mildred Pierce Best Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture made for Television Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey (Masterpiece) Idris Elba, Luther   William Hurt, Too Big to Fail Bill Nighy, Page Eight (Masterpiece)   Dominic West, The Hour Best Supporting Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture made for Television Jessica Lange, American Horror Story  Kelly Macdonald, Boardwalk Empire  Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey (Masterpiece) Sofia Vergara, Modern Family   Evan Rachel Wood, Mildred Pierce Best Supporting Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture made for Television Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones Paul Giamatti, Too Big to Fail Guy Pierce, Mildred Pierce Tim Robbins, Cinema Verite   Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award Morgan Freeman. The ceremony is being hosted for the third consecutive year by comedian Ricky Gervais. This list was compiled with information from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Be sure to follow  Beverly Hills  Patch on  Twitter  and “Like” us on  Facebook . Original post: Golden Globes Preview

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Hammer jokes about arrest

January 31, 2012

Actor Armie Hammer attends the 14th annual Hollywood Awards Gala at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 25, 2010 in Beverly Hills, California. See the original post: Hammer jokes about arrest

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Brad Pitt Gets Two Honors, Becoming Oscar Man To Beat?

January 26, 2012

He may have limped to the stage with a cane on Saturday night, but Brad Pitt is standing atop the pile so far this award season. Pitt, who hurt his ACL while carrying his daughter Vivienne down a ski slope, accepted the Desert Palm Achievement Award at the Palm Springs Film Fest on Saturday, taking the honor for his work in “Moneyball” and “The Tree of Life.” Earlier in the day, he was named Best Actor by the National Film Critics Association, making it a double gold day for the 47-year old superstar. The awards are just the latest in his slew of victories this year. Alternating between honors for his work in Terrence Malick’s experimental “Tree of Life” and his own passion project, the small market baseball film “Moneyball,” Pitt has been nominated by nearly every festival festival jury and critics society in the lead up to the Golden Globes and Oscars. He took home Best Actor from the New York Film Critics Circle for both parts and earned the nod from the Boston Film Critics for “Moneyball.” He’s also received nominations for Best Actor for “Moneyball” from the Golden Globes, SAG, the Satellite Awards, the Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards and the San Diego Film Critics Society Awards. For “Tree of Life,” he’s earned Best Supporting Actor noms from the Chicago Film Critics Association Awards and the Online Film Critics Society Awards. In Palm Springs on Saturday, Pitt charmed the audience of his peers and cracked jokes like a man both at ease and very grateful for his big year. “Like so many of you here, I have not seen ‘Tree of Life’ yet but I hear we are really good,” he joked. “But this is especially sweet beacaue both of these films were arduous labors of love and if it wasn’t for the dedication of a few brave souls, they could have easily fallen into that black hole of great projects that never worked.” He gave nods to “[Producer] Amy Pascal, Sean Penn, Seymour Hoffman and my lover Jonah Hill, and Jessica Chastain, whom you have honored here tonight. Seven films this year and five next year. Usually an actress has to work in the porn industry to have that kind of success. It’s impressive.” So, what does this mean for the rest of award season? Certainly, the Palm Springs Award was less of a competition than a nice honor, but the Film Critics Association was certainly hard-won. Next Sunday, Pitt will go up against his friend George Clooney, Michael Fassbender, Ryan Gosling and Leonardo DiCaprio for the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Drama, and though “Moneyball” wasn’t a breakaway hit, neither were “The Descendants,” “Shame,” “The Ides of March” or “J. Edgar.” Will the very Euro-centric HFPA be charmed by globe trotting Brad, and want to give him his first Globe since his win for “12 Monkeys” 16 years ago? And if so, will that put him in the driver’s seat for his first Oscar? Hard to tell quite yet. But for now, Pitt, limp or not, is certainly leading the pack. Read more: Brad Pitt Gets Two Honors, Becoming Oscar Man To Beat?

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Sasha Bronner: Why I Don’t Care to Watch the Oscars This Year

January 25, 2012

Waking up yesterday morning to the sunny, glowing light of my iPhone was a little bit like waking up on Christmas morning — you sort of know what you’re gonna get, but there’s always room for surprise. Sure, there’s plenty of buzz and speculation about who might be nominated for the Academy Awards. Sure, the Golden Globes are a strange, half-broken crystal ball indicator of some of what’s to come, but you still don’t really know until you read the nomination list. I fell asleep half way through the list. It is a jumbled, confused, half-assed attempt at honoring the highest achievements in film for the year and frankly, I am bored. It’s hard to know where to even start. It’s kind of like turning in a rough draft in a freshman year creative writing class and having your bearded, vest-wearing liberal arts professor tell you to start from scratch, and with a different protagonist. I have high standards. I always have a bone or two to pick with the Academy when nominations come out. Why are we nominating good movies? Why aren’t we nominating the greatest of the great movies? We should expect good movies throughout the year. We should applaud, on the largest stage, the best ones. There are some fantastic films from 2011 that got barely a flirtatious wink from the Academy. I can barely bring myself to type the word “shame.” The irony. Shame, shame, shame. Michael Fassbender gives the performance of three lifetimes. It is a haunting, horrifyingly honest masterpiece, and one that I could not shake for months . There is no Best Actor nomination, no Best Director, Screenplay or even Supporting Actress nod for Carey Mulligan who quietly brought power and fear to her performance as Fassbender’s damaged sister. And in a completely different way, Beginners is, without a doubt, the movie that stole my heart last year. I have seen it three times, listened to the soundtrack endlessly and adored every conversation I’ve had about it. Thankfully, Christopher Plummer secured a Best Supporting Actor nomination, but Mike Mils delivered the most visceral film about love I can remember and it sticks to your skin in the best of ways, it coats your eyes when you leave the theater and everything feels different, if even for a moment, after experiencing it. It was the year of Ryan Gosling and that beautiful man got no love letter, no postcard. Drive was stylized, it was dark, it was heavy, it threw you around, it made you feel like you were and are a living, breathing human being in this world. Director Nicolas Winding Refn is a force to be reckoned with and the Academy doesn’t seem to care. I would have even taken a Carey Mulligan nomination here , just to get the film’s name on the ballot. I am happy for many films. The Artist is one I resisted and resisted seeing, hearing it was “cute” and “charming.” It is much, much more than that. I am thrilled for Bridesmaids and Moneyball and most especially for Best Actor nominee Demian Bichir for his film A Better Life . What I am not thrilled about it the insistence on nominating names instead of achievements. I love George Clooney and Alexander Payne as much as the next Westside-raised Angeleno. But I didn’t feel any sorrow, sadness or even spirit from The Descendants . I didn’t feel any magic from My Week With Marilyn . I’ve read the list over a few times. And sure, I will be happy to see some nominees win — but there’s no excitement this year, there’s no held breath or glorious moment of surprise when that-perfect-someone’s name is called and their whole world changes on screen for the rest of us to witness. Christmas morning has come and gone. I no longer believe in Santa. See the original post here: Sasha Bronner: Why I Don’t Care to Watch the Oscars This Year

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Actor Who Played Lt. Dan in ‘Forrest Gump’ Working to Help Injured Vets

January 10, 2012
Actor Who Played Lt. Dan in ‘Forrest Gump’ Working to Help Injured Vets

Gary Sinise, the actor who played Lt. Dan in Forrest Gump, must have been moved by his 1994 turn as a veteran who loses both legs — he’s hoping to hold a benefit concert in Temecula to raise funds for a man who had three limbs amputated after fighting in Afghanistan. more › Read the rest here: Actor Who Played Lt. Dan in ‘Forrest Gump’ Working to Help Injured Vets

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Clooney speaks at Australian leadership conference

December 14, 2011

Actor George Clooney arrives at the UNICEF Ball held at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on December 10, 2009 in Beverly Hills, California. Read more: Clooney speaks at Australian leadership conference

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Pinkberry Pashas List Modern Malibu Pad

December 6, 2011
Pinkberry Pashas List Modern Malibu Pad

SELLERS: Shelly Hwang and Young Lee LOCATION: Malibu, CA PRICE: $3,495,000 SIZE: 4,799 square feet, 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, YOUR MAMAS NOTES: In the mid-Naughts Korean American entrepreneur Shelly Hwang and her boyfriend/architect Young Lee set out to open a tiny tea parlor in a centrally located residential section of West Hollywood, CA. Alas, the city put the ix-nay on the tea parlor after neighbors rejected their attempt to secure a booze license. Probably they were devastated at the rejection of their hooch-selling application but the repudiation became the catalyst for their bazillion dollar Plan B: a colorful, new-fangled sort of frozen yogurt shop called Pinkberry that offered a limited number of (mostly tart) flavors and a limited number of (mostly fruit and cereal) toppings at premium prices. Almost overnight the small store became a huge hit amongst all the scores and scads of Angelenos who didn’t even know they ached so intensely for a lip-pursingly tart frozen treat. Much to the chagrin of the store’s residential neighbors, chattering crowds over-whelmed the narrow street where cold snack-seeking hordes double- and triple-parked their cars and waited in line for 20, 30 and sometimes 40 minutes for taste of the somewhat icy and decidedly sour substance. The instant frenzy brought extra police to manage the swarms and meter maids to ticket the illegally-parked vehicles. Within a few short years–and the help of a near $25,000,000-plus investment by Starbucks founder Howard Schultz’s venture capital fund–perky Pinkberry stores filled with glossy white tables and multi-colored Philippe Starck-designed Ghost chairs began to pop up all over southern California and New York. Natch, Pinkberry being a phenomena that started in southern California, dressed down stars of all stripes soon began to appear in all the celebrity rags, tabs, blogs and gossip glossies spooning Pinkberry into their manicured mouths. A 2007 report in Fortune magazine revealed that the first Pinkberry store turned a profit after just four months and that with an average purchase price of $5.50 a typical store doing 1,500 servings a day could easily bring in a quarter million dollars or more in revenue per month. The near instant and continued success of Pinkberry has allowed Miz Hwang and Mister Lee to adopt and maintain a swanky lifestyle that encompasses fancy cars and a very contemporary multi-million dollar residence in Malibu, CA they recently heaved on to the market with an asking price of $3,495,000. Property records show the Pinkberry pashas only acquired the boxy and glassy residence situated high on a steep hillside above Surfrider beach in August 2008. The house was designed and built by minimal-minded Santa Monica-based architect Steve Kent who originally planned to live in the cliff-cleaving crib with his family. However, as was reported in a 2009 article in the Wall Street Journal , the newly-minted Pinkberry moguls finagled a tour of the then-not-quite-completed house and instantly made a substantial offer that would have been foolish for the architect to refuse. Records show Miz Hwang and Mister Lee coughed up $3,525,000 for crisp and clean-lined dwelling that according to current listing information, “includes membership to the new private, gated section of Rambla Pacifica,” whatever that means. Your Mama gave the well-worn beads of our long-suffering abacus a few flicks and clicks we quickly calculated the $3,525,000 purchase price converts to approximately 1,007,143 medium-sized original flavor Pinkberry servings (without topping) at $3.50 per serving . At it’s current listing price of $3,495,000, Miz Hwang and Mister Lee stand to lose $30,000 on the sale of their Malibu residence not counting carrying costs, improvement, and real estate fees. That’s about 12,000 small-sized original flavor Pinkberry servings (sans topping) at $2.50 apiece. Listing information shows the sleek house measures 4,799 square feet over three floors with a total of 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms. The main floor of the house lays out in one open sweep of airy space with chocolate brown-stained hardwood floors, luminous white walls, and a long row of floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors that open to a long, cantilevered balcony with knee-buckling views and up and down the coast. A free-standing double-sided fireplace separates the living room from the dining room that itself blends seamlessly into the sybaritic (and hideously expensive) Boffi-brand kitchen complete with dual Sub-Zero frefrigerator/freezers, separate wine fridge, and an integrated Miele-brand coffee maker. A lower level media room, where Mister Lee reportedly plays a lot of video games on a 65-inch Bang & Olufsen flat-screen tee-vee our internet research reveals costs around $35,000. No puppies, that’s not a mis-print that’s $35,000 just for the damn television set. We calculate that Mister and Missus Pinkberry had to sell about 5,385 large-sized pomegranate flavor Pinkberries (without topping) at $6.50 a pop to pay for the boob-toob. Other high-tech convenience, amenities and luxuries include Toto-brand bidet toilets, an integrated FiOS system, central vacuum, and indoor and outdoor areas wired for sound. Although the house is perched and a rather precipitous slope the architect and engineers managed to squeeze out a fairly good-sized and pancake flat back/side yard shielded from the street by mature shade trees and divided in to a generous grass patch and a wide, ocean-view deck dotted with multi-colored and very modern outdoor furniture pieces. Apropos of nothing related to the real estate, listing photographs show a pair of late-model, his-and-her Rolls Royce’s parked in the driveway in front of the frosted glass garage doors deeply set into a chunky mass sheathed in extra-wide-plank, horizontally installed wood paneling. One, a gigantic 4-door Phantom sedan, has a mind-numbing base price of about $380,000–about 84,000 medium-sized green tea flavor Pinkberry servings (without topping) at $4.50 per serving–and the other, a 2-door Phantom Coupé, carries base price of $408,000, about 82,000 medium-sized original flavor Pinkberry servings (with topping) at $4.95 per serving. listing photos: Coldwell Banker Malibu Colony Link: Pinkberry Pashas List Modern Malibu Pad

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Garry Marshall at the "New Year’s Eve" premiere

December 6, 2011
Garry Marshall at the "New Year’s Eve" premiere

http://www.youtube.com/v/bkVIUn4y5ec?version=3&f=user_uploads&app=youtube_gdata Garry Marshal talks to LA Times reporter Amy Kaufman at the premiere of “New Year’s Eve.” Read more here:

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Obama Mingles With Stars At Hollywood Fundraisers

October 25, 2011

LOS ANGELES — Actor Will Smith and basketball standout Earvin “Magic” Johnson for dinner and Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas for post-meal mingling. President Barack Obama waded into the domain of the stars Monday as he hit the California fundraising circuit in one of his busiest donor outreach trips of the season. Smith, in an elegant three-piece suit, and Johnson, the standout former point guard for the Los Angeles Lakers, were guests at the home of producer James Lassiter and his wife, Mai. About 40 contributors, including actress Hillary Duff, contributed $35,800 each for a cozy dinner and a chance to chat with the president. Obama, eager to reinvigorate his supporters, ticked off his administration’s accomplishments. “Sometimes I think people forget how much has gotten done,” the president said as he urged his backers to rally once again, at the same time joking, as he often does, that he is older and grayer now. “This election won’t be as sexy as the first one.” The Lassiter dinner, followed by a larger affair at the home of Griffith and Banderas, were part of a three-day, fundraising-rich swing through Nevada, California and Colorado. California, however, is his biggest donor state and he raised about $1 million in the Los Angeles area alone during the past two fundraising quarters, according to an Associated Press review of contributions above $200. Testing a re-election theme, Obama is also telling donors that the country is suffering from an economic crisis and political crisis. “People are crying out for action,” he says. Pointing to elements of his $447 billion jobs plan that was rejected by Republican lawmakers, Obama said they likely would linger as campaign issues in 2012. “This is the fight that we’re going to have right now, and I suspect this is the fight that we’re going to have to have over the next year,” Obama told about 240 donors at a fundraising event earlier Monday at the Bellagio hotel and casino in Las Vegas. “The Republicans in Congress and the Republican candidates for president have made their agenda very clear.” The Las Vegas fundraiser attracted about 240 people who paid from $1,000 to $35,800 toward Obama’s re-election campaign and to the Democratic National Committee. The bigger donors met the president personally. Others at Lassiter’s Hancock Park home included Troy Carter, the manager of Grammy award winner Lady Gaga. The singer herself was a guest at a fundraiser last month at the Atherton home of Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg. The Griffith-Banderas event attracted about 120 donors and was aimed at Obama’s Latino supporters. It featured guests such as actress Eva Longoria and mayors Antonio Villaraigosa of Los Angeles and Julian Castro of San Antonio. While in Las Vegas, Obama spelled out a plan to help homeowners refinance their homes even if their home values had dropped dramatically below what they owed on their mortgages. Obama ventured into a working class development in the Las Vegas suburbs that benefitted from a community revitalization program like one he is pushing Congress to approve now. But the president displayed campaign-style vigor, wading into the neighborhood crowd to shake hands and even lift a baby. His handlers reminded him it was time to leave, but Obama strode to yet another group of residents for one last hand shake, autograph and photograph. Upon arriving in Los Angeles, Obama headed to a diverse neighborhood minutes from Lassiter’s home south of Hollywood and stopped at Roscoe’s, a popular Los Angeles chicken restaurant chain. Obama roved through the dining booths greeting customers, leaving at least one awestruck young boy holding his hand aloft after shaking the president’s hand. One man gave him a hug and a Hispanic man told his daughter that if she studied hard “you’ll be like him.” Most of his remaining time during this three-day Western swing is being spent raising money. On Tuesday he will tape an appearance on “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno,” his second as president and fourth appearance overall. He also will attend fundraisers in San Francisco and Denver. Follow this link: Obama Mingles With Stars At Hollywood Fundraisers

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Rough start for Hollywood festival

October 24, 2011

Actor Thomas Jane arrives at the L.A. premiere of Sony Pictures Classics’ ” A Dangerous Method ” at the Academy Samuel Goldwyn Theatre on Oct. Go here to see the original: Rough start for Hollywood festival

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